Goodbye Yahoo Contributor Network; Hello, new world of internet writing

The Yahoo Contributor days are officially over. Profile pages now redirect to the main Yahoo search page as does the main url for Voices. Work created by what the company said was 600,000 writers has now been removed. What was there only a little while ago is now gone.

They warned us that the end of the Yahoo Contributor Network was coming. We had some time to get ready. Still, the deletion comes across like a kick in the gut. The loss is tangible.

I'm not talking about the loss of content from the internet airwaves but the loss of a home. For many writers, the Yahoo Contributor Network was a starter home in the world of content sites.

The company, and it's predecessor known as Associated Content, launched careers and spring boarded others. Without the platform some people might never have taken their first tentative steps into the writing world.

Now, in the click of a button, all of that is gone.

I heard it said once that endings are beginnings turned inside out. Even as we mourn the loss of the Yahoo Contributor Network, writers are already hard at work. New careers will emerge from the ashes. Writers are becoming editors. Bloggers are intensifying their efforts. Most (if not all) will sharpen our quills and fine tune our writing focus.

Here's to a new world of online writing! Keep following this and my other blog. The best, as they say, is yet to come.


Church versus strippers: Hate is winning

We are hearing lots about an Ohio story about a church versus strippers. As a Christian, I feel a duty to live my life the best that I can to strippers, churchgoers and everyone else. My belief is that the Bible is the inherent word of God and that Jesus taught us how to live by word and deed.

What does this mean to me when it comes to a church versus strippers? Not everyone will appreciate my views and not everyone has to.

In the end, I am responsible for own thoughts and opinions as a Christian. Let me note that this is purely my point of view and do not represent any denomination. Open discussion is welcome in the comments section. Hatred is not.

Here are some examples that I found:


Blog work never ends

What has to be the world's largest search engine just tweaked how they do things. I can't blame them for trying to deliver a better search experience. However, it means a great deal of time will now go into revamping my blogs.

National Bison Range, Montana
Blog articles that are in the pipeline will have to wait a few more days. I'm not sure yet how much Gayle Crabtree . com will be effected (if at all). I'm going to let things sit for a few days.

In the meantime, why not head over to www.youvebeenreviewed.net and read about our mission trip experiences. Montana is an amazing state. Despite problems getting the kids to behave, our team got some work done and had a good time.

You'll see what I mean when you read the article. Type "Montana" into the search box in the upper left hand corner of You've Been Reviewed. That should bring the articles up. You may want to sign up to receive them by email. I'll be posting more in a few days - when the internet fallout settles.